A legend has left the building and facilitated an education
Steve Jobs died today at the young age of 56. Mmmmm You know, a lot of my friends complained about the price of Apple products. But, inspite of it all one thing stood fast; everybody thought Steve Jobs was at least a ok dude. That says a lot . I wonder if Bill gates will be remembered in the same way? When I was a kid I use to write games on Apple IIe computers. Does anybody remember the command “catalog”? Anyway, I went through a period where I felt like computers were my life. Then came the rise of the PC (IBM as most people referred to them) There was even a legal Apple Compatible computer called the Laser 128. it looked a lot like the Apple IIc. As such from 1989 until 2008, PCs were my friends through the thick and thin. Then in 2008, I entered grad school and saw a girl balling over the fact that her laptop running Windows Vista was still not running correctly. So, that was when I ran to the Apple store with money left over from my mom’s estate and bought a MacBook Pro. It had been 19 years since I had touched a computer with an apple logo on it. I felt like a kid again until I had to start typing papers again. So 4 years later and a Master of Library and Information Studies under my belt. It feels weird knowing that the guy who brought me into the computer age and whose products help me finish a degree I really fought for died today. As such, cheers to Mr. Jobs for living a innovative life . I think he still had things to do. But, as Billy Joel said ” only the good die young”
iPad, teaching, buying Music box sets and Buffoonery of the week
I have been working as a reference librarian in an academic library for three weeks now. I have been preparing to teach bib instruction for 3 classes (two English 102 classes, and an English 103). Am I excited? You betcha! Am I nervous? You betcha! As such, as I prepare for these classes I have been doing personal research on the use of the iPad in bib instruction. My department is going to give us an allowance to buy some apps for our classes. Here is what I have compiled so far.
Over the past year I have purchased two jazz box sets and listened to both of them all the way through once. Recently, I purchased the Miles Davis: Live in Europe 1967 box set in its physical form. I can’t seem to tear myself from it. In comparison to listening to my previous box set purchases, I have never listened to what amounts to one of the discs in the set twice. In this case, I have repeatedly listened to each disc over and over again. Is it because of Miles or did buying the physical copy of the music make a difference? This leads to a new question in terms of music media: Will CDs go the way of Vinyl and drift away only to come back into style decades later? One of the attractions to Vinyl for older users has been being able to hear the popping noise in the music while the record is playing. As such, I recommend the aforementioned Miles Davis box set to anybody interested in jazz period.
Buffoonery of the week:
A guy came into the restroom where I was using one of the urinals and just bumped into me. He acted like he needed all the space in the world to replenish the waters of Lake Minnetonka (watch Purple Rain). I was ready to curse him out. Instead, I just continued with my business, washed my hands, and left the rest room.